Posts Tagged: Federal Circuit Review


Entire Market Value Rule Inappropriate When Patented Feature Not Sole Driver of Customer Demand

Power Integrations, Inc. owns U.S. Patent Nos. 6,212,079 ("the '079 patent") and 6,538,908 ("the '908 patent"). Power Integrations sued Fairchild Semiconductor Corporation and Fairchild (Taiwan) Corporation (collectively "Fairchild") …

Nasal Spray Patents Covering Migraine Drug Zomig Not Invalid As Obvious

The sole question on appeal was whether it would have been obvious to make zolmitriptan into a nasal spray. The Federal Circuit agreed with the district court …

Supreme Court Holds Patent Owners May Recover Lost Profits for Infringement Abroad

In WesternGeco LLC v. ION Geophysical Corp., the U.S. Supreme Court held that patent owners may recover lost foreign profits under §271(f)(2) when the infringing party …

Burden to Prove Patentability of Proposed Amended Claims Improperly Shifted to Patent Owner in IPR

The Federal Circuit found that substantial evidence supports the Board’s conclusion that a person of ordinary skill in the art would have been motivated to combine …

Federal Circuit Vacates TTAB’s Findings That ZERO Is Not Generic And Acquired Distinctiveness

In Royal Crown Co. v. Coca-Cola Co, the USPTO approved The Coca-Cola Company’s combination marks including the term ZERO, to be used on a variety of …

Courts Can Consider Prevailing Party’s Litigation Conduct When Deciding to Award Attorney’s Fees

The court will consider the totality of the circumstances, including the prevailing party’s conduct in the litigation, such as the nature and timing of its relevant …

‘Graphical User Interface’ does not necessarily invoke means-plus function analysis

In Zeroclick, LLC v. Apple Inc., before Judge Jimmie Reyna, Judge Richard Taranto, and Judge Todd Hughes, Zeroclick appealed a district court's interpretation of the claims as …

CAFC Vacates Board for Moving Target Rejections, Failure to Consider Reply Brief

The moving target rejections were largely due to the fact that the examiner's first clear explanation that she was relying on structural identity, and not inherency, appeared …

Federal Circuit: PTAB Improperly Relied on Unsupported Expert Opinion

Ericsson petitioned for inter partes review of the ’408 patent, and the PTAB upheld its validity. Without separately analyzing the challenged dependent claims, the PTAB held that claim 1 …

Federal Circuit confirms validity of patent for UCB’s Vimpat®

Appellants were generic drug manufacturers who filed Abbreviated New Drug Applications ("ANDAs"), seeking approval for generic versions of Vimpat®. As a result, the Federal Circuit affirmed the …

Mayo/Alice ‘Directed to’ Inquiry and a Split Federal Circuit: Vanda Pharma v. West-Ward Pharma

In Vanda, Chief Judge Prost, one of the judges on the CellzDirect panel, dissented from the majority’s decision that found claims patent eligible for not being …

Patents Invalidated for Lack of Written Description

Disclosure of one way to attach or position a roof assembly (a species) did not provide an adequate written description of other ways to attach or position …

No blanket prohibition against the introduction of new evidence during an inter partes review

There is no blanket prohibition against the introduction of new evidence during an inter partes review proceeding, indeed new evidence should be expected. A petitioner can introduce …

Foreign Defendant Subject to Personal Jurisdiction for Purposely Directing Activities to the U.S.

The Federal Circuit held that it would be reasonable and fair to exercise specific personal jurisdiction over DAL because the United States has an important interest in …

Federal Circuit expands printed matter doctrine to include information and mental steps

In Praxair Distribution v. Mallinckrodt Hospital Products, Praxair petitioned for inter partes review of claims 1-19 of the ’112 patent, which the Board instituted. The Board held that …

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